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Pittsburgh0 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 490
NY Mets0 0 2 0 0 10 1 0 x 13100
  W: A. Loup (3-0)   L: J. Brubaker (4-9)
4:10 PM PT5:10 PM MT6:10 PM CT7:10 PM ET19:10 ET23:10 GMT7:10 4:10 PM MST6:10 PM EST6:40 PM VEN3:10 UAE (+1)5:10 PM CT, July 9, 2021
Citi Field, Flushing, New York  Attendance: 20,350

Mets still making up games as Pirates series starts

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Pittsburgh Pirates at New York Mets

  1. The Pirates are just 15-22 (.405) all-time at Citi Field, the second-worst record by any current NL team (Arizona, 16-24, .400). In its last trip to Citi Field (July 2019), Pittsburgh got swept despite outhitting New York in all three games.
  2. Pittsburgh has scored three runs or fewer in nine of its last 10 games; its only game with 4+ runs was an 11-1 victory over Atlanta on Monday. The Pirates' 14-3 loss on Wednesday was their fourth time allowing at least 14 runs in a game this season, most in MLB.
  3. The Mets have won or split their last nine home series, their longest streak without a home series loss since 1997 (10 straight). In each of the Mets' last six home games, neither team has scored more than four runs, the longest such streak by any team this season.
  4. Adam Frazier has had multiple hits in three straight games, one shy of his career high (four-game streaks in 2017 and 2019). Frazier's 33 multi-hit games this season are tied with Nick Castellanos for most in MLB.
  5. Pete Alonso has gone 24 straight home games without hitting a home run, the longest drought by any Mets player this season. In his first two seasons, Alonso's longest drought without a home run at Citi Field was seven games.
  6. Dating back to last season, Taijuan Walker has allowed two runs or fewer in each of his last 10 home starts. The only non-opener with a longer active streak is his teammate Jacob deGrom (12 straight).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 7/16/2021 thru 7/11/2021

The New York Mets will end the first half of the season the same way they spent most of it: scrambling to make up postponed games.

The Mets hope Mother Nature finally cooperates Friday, when New York is scheduled to host the Pittsburgh Pirates in the delayed opener of a four-game series.

The originally scheduled series opener Thursday was postponed about an hour before the slated first pitch due to heavy rains in the New York area. It will be made up as part of a single-admission doubleheader consisting of two seven-inning games Saturday.

The scheduled starters for Thursday -- Mets right-hander Taijuan Walker (7-3, 2.44 ERA) and Pirates right-hander JT Brubaker (4-8, 4.09) -- were each pushed back to Friday.

The doubleheader will be the second of the week and the 10th of the season for the Mets, who split a twin bill with the visiting Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday. New York won the opener 4-3 in eight innings before falling 5-0 in the nightcap. That doubleheader was generated due to a rainout Tuesday, when first pitch was delayed almost three hours before the game was finally postponed.

The National League East-leading Mets have been playing from behind in the schedule since their season-opening series at Washington was postponed due to the Nationals' COVID-19 outbreak. New York has played 83 games -- the fewest in the majors even before Thursday's rainout.

The Mets are 11-7 in doubleheader games -- a higher winning percentage (.611) than their record in non-doubleheader games (34-31, .523). New York has yet to be swept in a twin bill.

"I praise the decision on the seven-inning doubleheaders," Mets manager Luis Rojas said before Thursday's game was postponed. "I think they work really well."

The Pirates dealt with weather issues Wednesday, when they missed a chance to complete a three-game sweep of the visiting Atlanta Braves with a 14-3 loss. The game included a 78-minute rain delay in the seventh inning, after which the Braves scored seven runs in the eighth but none in the ninth off Pittsburgh rookie first baseman John Nogowski.

"Baseball is a pretty crazy game," Nogowski said. "It keeps you on your toes."

The doubleheader will be just the third of the season for the Pirates and their first since May 29, when they swept the Colorado Rockies. Pittsburgh split a twin bill with the Detroit Tigers on April 21.

Walker earned a win last Saturday, when he allowed two runs over 5 2/3 innings as the Mets beat the New York Yankees 8-3.

He absorbed the defeat in his lone start against the Pirates on May 13, 2017. As a member of the Diamondbacks, he surrendered four runs (three earned) over six innings in Arizona's 4-3 loss.

Brubaker took the loss in his most recent start, when he gave up five runs over six innings as the Pirates fell to the Brewers 7-2 on July 2. Brubaker has never faced the Mets.

--Field Level Media

Updated July 9, 2021

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